Ariana Kelly

For Delegate – District 16

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About Ariana

Ariana Kelly represents District 16 in the Maryland House of Delegates.

Ariana KellyAriana is a lifelong advocate for Montgomery County. She has a proven track record in Annapolis and Washington on issues that matter to Montgomery County, including health care, the environment, and education. In 2010, she was elected to Maryland’s House of Delegates representing the 16th District, which includes Bethesda, Chevy Chase, and Potomac.

A Deputy Majority Whip, Ariana serves on the legislature’s Health and Government Operations Committee, and Chairs the Health Occupations and Long Term Care Subcommittee and the Montgomery County Delegation Economic Development Committee. She also Chairs the Joint Committee on Children, Youth, and Families and the Task Force to Establish Paid Family Leave. She is President of the Women Legislators of Maryland, the caucus of 60 diverse women State Senators and Delegates serving in Maryland’s General Assembly.

In the legislature, Ariana was the lead sponsor for Maryland’s Contraceptive Equity Act, as well as legislation requiring parental leave and investing in child care. She has been a supporter of important issues including Maryland’s fracking ban, marriage equality, and paid sick leave.

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Issues

I am proud of my lifelong commitment to the issues that matter to our community. I believe my business experience and policy background on the environment, education, public health, and civil rights issues make me uniquely qualified to serve as your delegate.

In 2010, I was the only candidate for the open delegate seat to be endorsed by Montgomery County Teachers, Sierra Club, NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, People for the American Way, Clean Water Action, Equality Maryland, Women’s Campaign Forum, Sierra Club, and more.

Here are the issues that I am focusing on in Annapolis:

Education

As a graduate of Ashburton Elementary, Tilden Intermediate, and Walter Johnson High School (1994), I understand the value of our first-class education system. As a current parent at Wood Acres Elementary, I also understand the challenges facing our schools today.

Environment & Energy

Protecting the environment is a top priority for me. We need to ensure that our drinking water stays safe and never runs the risk of contamination. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, has been blamed for leaking methane and potential cancer causing chemicals into ground water. For this reason, I supported legislation which would ban fracking in Maryland.

Safe & Healthy Families

I have spent years advocating for families, and I don’t stop when I’m in Annapolis. We need to make it easier to raise children and to grow older in Bethesda. I support expanding access to childcare and improved family leave policies for new parents and those caring for sick and elderly relatives. I believe that expanding family planning services for low-income families will strengthen our community and make economic sense in the long-term. I advocate for the rights of domestic violence and other crime victims. I also support marriage equality, because I believe everyone deserves equal rights.

Transportation

Our transportation infrastructure is severely strained, and as a result we spend too much time commuting. As your Delegate in Annapolis, I work closely with other Montgomery County elected officials to speak with a strong, unified voice on transportation priorities so we get our fair share of state and federal transportation funding.

Strong Economy & Fiscal Responsibility

As a former nonprofit Executive Director and the owner of my own consulting firm, I understand the challenges business owners face. I advocate for policies that support small businesses so they can create jobs that will fuel economic growth.

Awards

Public Policy Leadership Award
Wonders Child Care

Public Policy Leadership Award

2015 Choice Advocate Award
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland

2015 Choice Advocate Award

Legislator of the Year Award 
Mental Health Association of Maryland

Legislator of the Year Award

Pat on the Back Award
Pathfinders for Autism

Pat on the Back award

Children’s Advocacy Champion
Children’s National Medical Center

Children’s Advocacy Champion

Young Woman of Achievement Award
Women’s Information Network

Young Woman of Achievement Award

Spirit Award for Humanitarian Leadership
National Center for Children and Families

Spirit Award for Humanitarian Leadership

Community Advocate Award
The Treatment and Learning Centers

Community Advocate Award

2016 Choice Advocate Award
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland

2016 Choice Advocate Award

Legislative Achievement Award
MD National Organization of Women

Legislative Achievement Award

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